Eliana La Ferrara

Eliana La Ferrara is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan. She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. Eliana is Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) at Bocconi. She is a Fellow of the European Development Research Network (EUDN), an Affiliate of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and the Coordinator of the European network on Actors, Markets and Institutions in Developing Countries (AMID). Eliana is a member of the Council of the European Economic Association, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the European Economic Association, the World Bank Economic Review and the Journal of African Economies. She has worked as consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research is in the field of development economics, with a particular focus on the role of ethnicity, social norms and institutions. She is currently working on the economics of conflict in developing countries.

Content by Eliana La Ferrara
  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - State effectiveness

    This evidence paper explores the key theme of state effectiveness. The central objective of this theme of research is building effective states to improve economic governance in developing countries and generate higher rates of inclusive growth. The first pillar of this research agenda centres on escaping the fragility trap, building a functioning state, strengthening...

    1 Jun 2021 | Oriana Bandiera, Michael Callen, Katherine E. Casey, Eliana La Ferrara, Camille Landais, Matthieu Teachout

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Building a functional state in difficult places

    Eliana La Ferrara, IGC research programme director, outlines four ways in which state functioning can be improved in fragile environments.

    13 Sep 2016

  • Blog post

    Fighting poverty with soap operas

    With their tremendous reach and popularity, soap operas might at first look like light entertainment but they maybe a potent tool to influence attitudes and spur growth and development

    9 Mar 2015 | Eliana La Ferrara

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC Evidence Paper - State

    In a sizable number of developing countries, the public sector fails to provide many, if not most, critical public goods necessary for economic development. The presence of a well-functioning state is key to encouraging economic growth. Part of this concerns having a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; and that policymakers...

    2 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Henrik Kleven, Eliana La Ferrara, Gerard PadrĂ³ i Miquel, Michelle Tejada, Michel Azulai, Florian Blum